Fall is the time of transitions. It is a time that when feeling balanced it enables us to recognize the possibilities and guide us into the quiet essence of being and savoring simplicity. If we are out of balance it can lead us feeling raw and exposed.
This is one of the many reasons why we must change our routine with the Mother Earth. We must recognize that when she transitions, so must we or we are left feeling out of balance and incomplete. Recognizing the changing and shifting of the seasons is important in Ayurvedic philosophy. Ayurveda recognizes the importance of keeping in tune with the rhythms of the earth and adjusting our own rhythms to match hers.
Vata season runs from late fall into early winter. Kapha season starts from the coldest part of winter into spring and pitta season includes the hottest and longest days of the year - from late spring into early fall.
Understanding the qualities of each season can help you...
So you have Covid 19, now what? Do not fear! No matter how healthy you are, you, at some point will get sick. It is a natural response, and in fact one that is perfectly normal. When we get sick, and if we treat it appropriately and recover, then our bodies will be stronger because of it.
There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there about COVID 19 and it seems that daily, what we have been told changes. With all the astronomical numbers coming out about the amount of positive COVID tests then it seems to be the doom of it is not a matter of 'if' you get the virus, but 'when'. So common sense, a healthy immune system and listening to your body is imperative when it comes to dealing with this concerning virus.
Did you know as of March 2020 WHO States that For COVID-19, data suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring...
With the recent health scare of the Coronavirus, I thought it important to be reminded of similar health scares of the past two decades. Listed below are a few of the examples from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Feb 2003 (774 deaths worldwide)
Bird Flu (H5N1) - Nov 2005 (616 deaths worldwide)
Swine Flu (H1N1) - April 2009 (12,469 deaths worldwide)
Zika Virus (ZIKV) - May 2016 (Pregnancy related microencephalopathy in which 134 infant deaths confirmed)
CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - Feb 2020
Common cold and flu (291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.
The question is, is there a legitimate need to be alarmed with this latest viral scare? First, let's dispel any false information that you may have received. According to The John Hopkins Institute the differences between the latest coronavirus vs the good old fashion flu is this:
Did you Know?
According to a 2016 study in the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a
third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research
Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours
each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than
seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing
chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.
Sleep or nidra as it is known in Ayurveda is given due importance. Nidra is
considered as one of the three supporting pillars of life. These three pillars
are: proper diet, sleep(nidra) and a regulated sex pattern to maintain
health. Improper sleep is said to bring emaciation, debility, impotence, poor
mental functioning and unhappiness. The complete absence of...
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, we are all created of spirit and light rather than mere flesh hand bones. The physical body is a temple that houses the finer domains of the mind and soul. As recognized by ancient cultures and religions around the globe, we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than the other way around. We are crafted from the same energy that weaves together all of life.
To truly understand how to “feed” ourselves, we must, therefore, extend beyond the physical body alone. According to Ayurveda, anything that affects our consciousness is considered food. Yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation are thus highly charged types of food, because they directly nourish our deeper consciousness.
The realm of the senses also provides direct nourishment to the finer domains of the mind and soul. For example, a soothing sonata and a blaring car alarm are merely different types of...
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According to the American Chiropractic Association approximately 80% of the population suffer from some form of back pain. Back pain is also the 3rdmost common reason for visits to the Drs. Office. A study of 5,000 patients with lower back pain revealed that only 20% had some underlying structural problem such as damaged vertebrae, herniated disc (that was pressing on a nerve), or arthritis. The remaining 80% were diagnosed as being caused by inelastic (too tight) and/or weak muscles…and the ancient sciences of Ayurveda and yoga believes that there is even more to this…a possible energetic blockage of the 7 energies of the body.
There are many reasons for back pain. One reason that you may have never thought of is an energy blockage. Have you...
There are times in our lives in which we feel completely depleted, emotionally drained. With information overload coming at us at the break neck speed of the internet, or the click of the 'on' button of the remote, we can easily become so over stimulated that at times we feel our head is spinning out of control. We lose our focus, our mental grounding and the earth seems to tilt.
If you are anything like me, when you feel this way, you make poor choices. Choices to alleviate the discomfort with immediate gratification. Choices like overworking and expecting everyone else to do the same. Or deciding to spend what little downtime I have on a Netflix binge to dull my mind and avoid the issues I need to deal with. If I go to the grocery store in this state of imbalance, hungry and depleted - mind, body and spirit empty, I will choose foods that will 'feed' this dangerous state. Fore example instead of an apple or fruit to satiate my sweet...
Kitchari is Ayurveda's go to staple when we want a complete, easily digestible meal. Kitchari is traditionally made in one pot, hence letting the nutrients energies mingle to create 'peace in the pot'. This recipe uses all 6 tastes and is delicious and satisfying. This is a sattvic (peace) inducing recipe for body and mind.
V = P = K = (Tri-doshic)
The Dragonfly Plan is based on the principles of the ancient science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda uses food, lifestyle and herbs as medicine to keep you in balance or to bring you back into balance. Ayurveda believes that each of us were meant to live in balance and harmony and therefore in a state of bliss at all times. Ayurveda is believed to have come from a divine source. The legend is that it was handed down from God to humans through a lineage of sages in ancient India, who continued to develop and refine the practices through insight and deep mediation over five thousand years ago. These sages were not only holy men but also physicians. Ayurveda was a complete health care system for managing all aspects of health. Because Ayurveda views the human as a tripartite being Ayurveda addresses health and including it with spirituality and utilizing holistic methods for increasing longevity, healing disease, performing...